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you are going to cut. >> romney: i'm sorry, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i like big bird, i actually like you too. >> bill: oh boy. it's so stupid just so stupid to lay that out there. this has been a classic republican attack line going way back. i remember when newt gingrich was speaker his number one issue, number one issue as speaker of the house of representatives was to cut all funding for pbs and big bird and all of the rest on sesame street. it never went anywhere. and you know why it's not going to go anywhere? because big bird is too popular and doesn't cost much money. if you are alive, right? you know pbs and enjoy pbs, if you have ever had kids or grandkids or whatever age kids you grew up with sesame street. 91% of american families tune into pbs sometime during the year. 91% of american families. mitt romney wants to cut it out? 81% of all kids between the ages of two and eight grow up with sesame street. 81%. that's enormous. there is the nobody better known than cookie monster, elmo, and big bird. ♪ do, do do elmo's song ♪ >> i still ha
. >> woodruff: that'all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: carnegie corp >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> brown: more jobs, less unemployment. the september numbers offered the latest look into the u.s. economy, and the latest fuel for the fight over economic policy in the presidential campaign. it was the kind of news that president obama hoped for, just over a month before the election and two days after a sub-par debate outing. >> more americans entered the work force, more people are getting jobs. >> brown: indeed, september's unemployment rate, calculated by a survey of households, fell to 7.8%. that's the lowest since the president took office. a second survey, of businesses, showed that employers added a net of 114,000 jobs, and job gains for july and august were revised upward by 86,000 the president touted the numbers in a campaign sto
's threats to defund pbs impacting the much beloved sesame street character has set off a debate. here's abc's reena ninan. >> reporter: big bird took the high road on "saturday night live." >> before you go, do you have any political statement you'd like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: but plenty of feathers were ruffled after the campaign. >> i'm going to stop pbs. i'm going to stop all the things, i like big bird. i actually like you, too. >> making it for big bird. you better take a run for it. >> reporter: keeping the fight over funding. dmrp taking the battle stating from sesame street and letting wall street run hog wild. >> reporter: so was it a mistake targeting america's favorite yellow bird. >> it wasn't a targeting. it was points to one big example. >> reporter: but the truth is, the show derived less than 1.0% of funding. after that 17,000 tweets came in about #big bird. welcome to the middle class, big bird. big bird has help the romney campaign to raise $12 million. >> how did you find out your name was mentioned in the debate? >> i got a mill
. >> reporter: and after romney took aim at sesame street -- >> i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs, i'm going to stop other things -- i like pbs. i like big bird. >> reporter: big bird stayed way up past his bedtime to appear on "saturday night live." >> do you have any political statement you would like to make? >> no, i don't want to ruffle any feathers. >> reporter: first up here in los angeles, president obama will attend a small fundraiser with former president bill clinton and then he will attend a production at the theater tonight. vice president joe biden is getting ready for thursday night, and it is somewhat in damage control mode. lester? >> we want to turn now to our political director and chief white house correspondent chuck todd. chuck, the debate, the positive numbers we noted potential game changers for both candidates last week, how do you expect they'll try to build off this week? >> they're trying to go on the air using the debate in tv advertisements to try to sort of blunt some of the debate momentum that romney got. but i also know that behind the scenes, there is a lit
was thrust into the presidential campaign this week. >> i am going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i'm going to stop other things. i like pbs. i like big bird and i like you too. >> somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. elmo, you better make a run for it. >> reporter: campaign surrogates keep it alive today. >> he's taking the battle straight to "sesame straight" and let wall street run hog wild. >> reporter: so was it a mistake targeting america's favorite yellow bird? >> george, it wasn't a targeting it was a just pointing to one example that big bird is a pretty commercially successful entity. >> reporter: but the truth is the show relies on less than 0.1% of funding from federal dollars. after the debate, some 17,000 tweets per minute came in about #bigbird. welcome to the middle class, big bird. despite or because of it, big bird has helped the romney campaign to raise $12 million in the 48 hours after the debate. >> how did you find out that your name had been mentioned in the debate? >> oh, i got a million tweets. >> okay, so you're on twitter. >> no, i'm a bird. tweeting is
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, republican candidate mitt romney vowed to cut funding to p-b-s --depsite his love for the big yellow bird >> this weekend, sesame street's big bird, joined seth meyers on saturday night live... i got a million tweets... >> on twitter? >> no, i'm a bird, tweeting is how we talk >> big bird declined to comment on romney's statement >> that is the news for this sunday night... instant replay is coming up next... wooohooo....hahaahahaha! oh...there you go. wooohooo....hahaahahaha! i'm gonna stand up to her! no you're not. i know. you know ronny folks who save hundreds of dollars switching to geico sure are happy. how happy are they jimmy? happier than a witch in a broom factory. get happy. get geico. fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. man, chanting, snapping fingers: oh, those boys are much too much! those boys are much too much! we got the spirit we're hot, we can't be stopped! we got the spirit! we're hot! we can't be stopped! we're gonna beat 'em and bust 'em... announcer: the smallest moments can have the biggest impact on a child's life. both chanting
be mystifying to him because he genuinely doesn't see himself as a radical. >> i'll speak live with the pbs producer behind this film. >>> plus -- >> liftoff of the space x falcon 9 rocket. >> the future of space travel begins. >>> and -- as hugo chavez battles health problems, the socialist leader wins six more years. [ male announcer ] break the grip of aches or arthritis pain with odor free aspercreme. powerful medicine relieves pain fast, with no odor. so all you notice is relief. aspercreme. >>> it is the beginning of a new era in space flight. >> four, three, two, one. and liftoff, liftoff of the space x falcon 9 rocket, launching -- >> there she goes, the first commercial flight to the iss, to the international space station, launching from cape canaral, florida, last night. nasa stepping aside, but also signing space x to the $1.6 billion contract to ship cargo to the iss. i'm joined by tareq malik, also here with me fellow space geek chad myers. tareq, let me begin with you, because this is so significant. this is the first commercial flight here to the iss. this could be the begin
the debate to cut federal funding to pbs. ergo the big bird. tonight the president said "governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again. but he's bringing the hammer down on sesame street." reporting live in the newsroom, jay korff. >> a developing story on another presidential election. that is playing out nearly 2,100 miles from washington, d.c. but being closely watched by a lot of people here in our area. venezuelans went to the polls to choose a president and within the last 20 minutes, the results were announced. tom has reaction. >> literally folks in tears and very upset here moments ago when those results came out. the results out of venezuela say that the long-time president there, very anti-american president hugo chavez, was the winner. but i can tell you folks to my left here, they don't agree with those results. they believe that the election was rigged in that country. they're dejected right now but earlier today they were in a much different mood and getting the chance to vote they hope to throw out chavez. >> elina and
bird's network, pbs, of course. it's been four days since the election season's first presidential debate. four days of analysts breaking it down. practically word for word, and after all that talk consensus remains at, let's be honest, it was a night president obama wishes he could have back but there are no do-overs and there's a vice presidential debate to look forward to now. so let's talk. zeke granderson is here, a contributor and writer for espn, and anna is here in honor of big bird wearing big bird's colors, she's a republican strategist, of course, she's much prettier. not that you're not pretty, big bird, but okay. all right. there's big bird. there's anna. we are not making fun of you, yes, we are. i love you, anna. elze, let's be honest, president obama was off on wednesday. mitt romney had a particularly good night. did he have had v a good night or was the president off? i think mitt romney had a great night and the president was off. what happened? >> i think both. i think mitt came prepared. mitt was on fire. all he had to do and think about was this debate. and th
a bump in new battleground polls this week? first is-there's a lot going on today. pbs will air a two-hour documentary tomorrow night profiling president obama and governor romney titled "the choice 2012." it focuses on key turning points in both candidates' political careers such as mitt romney's disastrous perform nents 1994 debate with ted kennedy and president obama's loss to bobby rush in 2000. >> the debate was watched by over 3 million people. as many people as watched a super bowl in massachusetts. romney had these expectations that he was going to win up to here, and suddenly kennedy's up to here and romney's here. the race is over. >> in the end voters decided to stick with bobby rush by a huge, huge, huge margin. it was a very bruising loss for him. >> actress stacy dash, best known nor role in the '90s film "clueless" is endorsing mitt romney. she said, quote, vote for romney, the only choice for your future. those are the things we just thought you should know. [ male announcer ] unitedhealthcare wants to know "what do you want from a medicare plan?" i just want a company
for $5 trillion in tax cuts and cuts to funding for pbs to help close the deficit. >> so for all you moms and kids, don't worry. somebody is finally cracking down on big bird. cracking down on him. elmo has made a run for the border. border. governor romney plans to let wall street run wild again but he is bringing the hammer down on sesame street. >> president obama will continue campaigning in california today with a star- studded event in san francisco t includes john legend and will i am. >>> one of the staffers at in florida decided to weekend romney's face with a napkin. he laughed it off but and to look uncomfortable. >>> we'll tell you who came out on top in the election with hugo chavez. >> and more cases of fungal meningitis as the outbreak spreads to more states. we'll have an update on that and new information about the pharmacy that distributed the product. [ male announcer ] who will raise taxes on the middle class? according to an independent, non-partisan study, barack obama and the liberals will raise taxes on the middle class by $4,000. the same organization says
alongside sesame street lined with campaign signs because a pbs station is televising the debate. it will also be shown in tv markets across virginia. that's why there's so much at stake tonight for tim kaine and george allen. both will try to win over the small percentage of undecided voters out there. this was the televised face-off between democrat tim kaine and republican george allen in fairfax county a few weeks ago. allen charged senator kaine would turn to tax hikes to battle the deficit. while kaine accused allen of hollow promises void of specifics. tonight's moderator said the tax discussion will undoubtedly emerge again. >> allen said the tax cuts should be for everyone, tim kaine says in fact that families making over $500,000 should have their tax rates raised back to where they were when bill clinton was president. so taxes is going to be a clear distinction here. >> reporter: both candidates put up new ads today. . >> we're a great team. we'll be a great team in washington. >> reporter: allen's latest ad focuses on the looming budget cuts that could hit hard in th
like i bring or are we going to have pinheaded stuff like pbs does? what are we going to have? we're not going to have passion as you call it, whatever it is that you have. >> none of that. >> look, it's supposed to be all on the economy so i think it's probably going to be, you know, pretty straightforward. hopefully a difficult question holding obama accountable and making him account for his record. >> bill: are you talking about this debate or it's undebated in the land of oz? don't you guys get it? it doesn't matter what lehrer asks. they are north going to answer that question. neither of them are going to answer it. they are going to -- they have been rehearsing. what do you think they have been rehearsing over the past three months? they have got all their little answers and they will spit them out no matter what he asks, leslie. >> i don't disagree with you there, bill. definitely this is something. >> bill: we're north going to get any straightforward answers. >> i don't agree with you there though. i don't agree with you there. >> bill: hold on. i'm lehrer, okay? i have
the debate he wanted to cut the federal subsidy to pbs, the network that carries "sesame street." >> it seemed fit to go find him perched at the weekend update desk last night on "saturday night live." take a look. >> big bird, so how did you find out your name had been mentioned in the debate? >> i got a million tweets. >> okay. so you're on twitter? >> no, i'm a bird. tweeting is how we talk. >> okay. so, big bird, has being mentioned in the debate aked you at all? >> it has. i feel like i'm famous now. i was walking down the street the other day and i felt like everybody recognized me. >> okay. >> it's so weird to think that just a few days ago i could just blend in like every other perfectly normal eight-foot-tall talking bird. >> he was totally bipartisan, no politic, just a fun moment. >> that was the only way he was going to come on and do the show. he is not political in any way, just big and yellow. >> we all know who he is. still to come on "today" we have a roundup of the week's top entertainment news, the "grease" reunion of sorts to a sex tape scandal regarding a le
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